CIS 308
Personal Computer Security Basics

Course Description

This is a beginner's computer security course for small office or home users. Students will learn to stop hackers, worms, viruses, spyware, web bugs, identity theft, and other cyber threats. Vulnerabilities found in web browsers, e-mail, and operating systems will also be learned, along with how to protect against online purchase dangers, install firewalls, manage cookies, restrict ports, evaluate wireless networks, and examine encryption. The course includes numerous hands-on exercises to demonstrate security concepts. This noncredit, tuition-free course will be completed in the same class as CIS D108. students covering the same course content.

Class Details

CRN Course Section Days Times Instructor Loc
37631 CIS 308 63Z ······· TBA-TBA Mark Sherby ONLINE
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Class Materials: View textbook and/or other materials for this course available at the Bookstore.
Class Dates: This class runs from 2023-01-09 to 2023-03-31.
Class Syllabus: Download Syllabus
CIS-308.-63Z: Fully ONLINE. This class mirrors the for-credit class of the same number (CIS 308 mirrors CIS 108), so the course description is the same. Non-credit courses are intended for students who want to gain general knowledge, learn a new skill, upgrade existing skills, or enrich their understanding of a wide range of topics. Non-credit courses cannot be used to earn an associate degree nor any college transcriptable certificates. They can, however, be used to earn non-transcriptable certificates of completion. This is an online lecture, laboratory class. The lecture and laboratory do not have scheduled meetings and can be completed independently each week on the student's own time. Students must have access to a computer, the internet and an individual email address. Most De Anza classes will use the Canvas course management system. We recommend a laptop or desktop computer to successfully complete the course; a tablet or phone may not be adequate for all assignments and tests. Information about Canvas and Online Education Orientation can be found in Canvas on the Student Resources page: The Student Online Resources hub with extensive information and tips can be found at

Course Details

0 Units
  • Weekly Lecture Hours: 4
  • Weekly Lab Hours: 1.5
Gen Ed
Non-GE Class
Program Status
Program Applicable
Non-credit Class
Grading Method
Letter Grading

Requisite and Advisory

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